Travel from Vientiane to Pattaya

By bus the journey from Vientiane to Pattaya is scheduled to take 15 hours.

Bus Times from Vientiane to Pattaya

There is currently 1 service a day from Vientiane to Pattaya available to book online.

15:0006:00$45 USDFamily Service
  • The first part of the journey with Family Service from Vientiane to Pattaya is by minivan to board a bus for the overnight journey to Pattaya.

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Vientiane Bus Stop

Family Service services from Vientiane to Pattaya commence with a pick up from any hotel in the centre of Vientiane.

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Vientiane Bus Stop

Family Service services from Vientiane to Pattaya terminate at Pattaya North Bus Terminal.

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About Travel to Pattaya

Pattaya is a large and busy coastal city. The reason the city is large and busy is that it is Thailand’s third most popular tourist destination after Bangkok and Phuket, attracting up to 10 million holiday makers a year.

Why is Pattaya so popular?

One of the main reasons for Pattaya’s popularity is because it is one of the closest places to Bangkok with a beach where you can sunbathe and swim. From central Bangkok it takes around 3 hours to travel by road to Pattaya, and from Suvarnabhumi Airport the journey takes about 2 hours. This makes Pattaya an ideal destination for short breaks, and even day trips, for people living in Bangkok. It is also a convenient destination for Asian tourists coming to Thailand for visits of a week or less.

Pattaya is also a place with lots of points of interest for a wide range of different types of visitors, and the range of hotels, restaurants, bars and shopping outlets on offer is very broad. Pattaya has all the infrastructure required for mass tourism.

Pattaya Beach is 2.7 km long
Pattaya Beach is 2.7 km long
Is Pattaya a family destination?

When Pattaya first started to developed as a leisure destination for foreign visitors it was in the late 1960s and those early visitors were largely American soldiers on leave from fighting in Vietnam. From that time onward the city became notorious for its many go-go bars. Pattaya still has these types of establishments, but they are generally confined to certain areas, like Walking Street, and they are diminishing in their importance in the overall local economy as the type of visitors to the city changes.

Lots more families now visit Pattaya, not only Thai families, but also families from India and China, both of which have developed large middle classes over the large two decades, but also from other countries most notably Russia. These new types of visitors tend to have little interest in going to go-go bars. Other types of attractions are developing more rapidly.

What is there to do in Pattaya?

There are lots of places to visit and activities to do in Pattaya. One of the features of Pattaya is large, high investment tourist attractions, of which there are relatively few in Thailand outside of Bangkok.

The popular activities available in Pattaya fall into three broad categories:

  • Beaches: Pattaya City has a 3 km long city centre beach. To the south is the quieter Jomtien Beach, and for even better beaches, there is the island of Koh Larn located 5 km from Pattaya City. It’s an inexpensive journey from Pattaya to Koh Larn by public ferry, and once you get to Koh Larn you have 8 good beaches to choose from.
  • Amusement Parks: Pattaya’s two largest amusement parks are Ramayana Water Park and Cartoon Network Amazone. There are also some smaller facilities closer to the city centre, like Pattaya Dolphin World, that will also appeal to children.
  • Cultural Attractions: There are a number of these in Pattaya now. Of particular note are:
    • The Sanctuary of Truth, which is a wooden temple complex.
    • Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden.
    • Silverlake Winery Pattaya, which has great scenery and Italian style buildings, as well as wine and onsite catering.

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